A foot for thought

National dialogue to kickoff tomorrow

Anna Nimiriano Editor in Chief Juba Monitor

Tomorrow the 3rd of November 2020 is expected to be the opening of National Dialogue conference in Juba according to the scheduled time by the organizing committee at the national level. The programme of this time is going to be different from the other national dialogues for the reason that is taking place during peace time.

May be the talks would be added on what was discussed on the past conferences in the states and lastly at Equatoria National level. Or the discussions could be on challenges facing the implementation of peace which people of South Sudan expected by this time could have been done and government could have reached a certain stage. May be the grassroots people would like to hear from our leadership why things are not done as expected according to the peace document which was signed last year. Might be the marginalized people would ask about the insecurity matter in the country.

Some people would like to know the situation of South Sudan refugees who are living in the neighboring countries. When are they going to come since there is peace in the country? I hope there would be representatives of refugees. I put possibility of the above mentioned points because the last dialogues occurred when Dr. Riek Machar and the rest of the leaders were still in the bush or in fighting zones.

For tomorrow’s dialogue, if not all at least majority of the leaders were expected to attend plus the diplomats and those who were supporting peace programme in the country.

During the Equatoria National dialogue, participants suggested Federal system would be applied in South Sudan, so that each and every Region would be responsible for development in the region. I don’t know if they changed their minds with the peace deal, people of South Sudan would hear from them during the discussions. However, there is high expectation from the coming dialogue as solution to the problems of South Sudan. I hope people would be given enough time to say what they thought would work for the benefit of the country.

There would not be restrictions on participant’s discussions as there is enough time given for the dialogue. For smooth discussions, let there be transparency in the side of the participants and government, they should avoid hate speech, all of us are discussing matters concerning nation which is not belonging to certain tribe. 

The readers of Juba Monitor would follow the stories in the paper including my column, it will be provided on daily bases so that you understand what is going on in the dialogue.

May God bless us all.

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